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  • World's 1st Laser Weapon Is Ready to Blast Rogue Drones

    07/19/2017 12:05:06 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    space.com ^ | July 19, 2017 10:28am ET | Laura Geggel,
    The laser, known as the Laser Weapons System (LaWS), may seem as though it were pulled straight from a James Bond movie, but it's entirely functional and can shoot with stunning accuracy, the U.S. Navy told CNN. The LaWS is currently deployed aboard the USS Ponce, an amphibious transport ship, in the Persian Gulf. "Operationally, it works just like a laser pointer," Lt. Cale Hughes, a LaWS officer, told CNN. "There's a chamber inside with special materials that release photons." ... The $40 million system requires a team of three to operate it and a small generator to power its...
  • Firefighters add drones to threats faced in a wildfire

    07/10/2017 6:18:47 AM PDT · by SandRat · 17 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Ben Moffat | Cronkite News
    WASHINGTON – It used to be that firefighters’ biggest worries in a wildfire might be unpredictable winds, rocky terrain and scorching heat. That was before the advent of affordable, readily available aerial drones. Firefighters battling the Goodwin Fire in central Arizona had to suspend operations twice in one week after drones flew into airspace over the blaze, incursions that one official called “extremely unusual” but which he fears is the beginning of a “very disturbing trend.” Drone incursions into airspace that is restricted to helicopters and fixed-wing airplanes, which drop water and fire-retardant chemicals, forces them to be grounded to...
  • Drone-as-a-service startup Measure optimistic for new Trump-era regulations

    06/29/2017 5:41:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    Fierce Wireless ^ | June 29, 2017 | Monica Alleven
    One of the drone companies whose representatives met with President Donald Trump at the White House last week is optimistic that regulations will be created that will help the drone industry take off in the United States. Measure CEO and co-founder Brandon Torres Declet joined CEOs of large corporations and startups at the White House on June 22 in what the company characterized as an open and constructive conversation about drones and the future of the industry. Leaders from AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile also took part in the meetings last week. The drone industry is in that peculiar position...
  • Look Who Wants States and Communities to Control Drone Regulation

    06/21/2017 9:01:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 21, 2017 | Brian McNicoll
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., wants drones regulated, and she wants them regulated now. And, along with strong bi-partisan support, the goal is to have them primarily regulated at the state and local level. It won’t happen in Washington. A federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., ruled last month the Federal Aviation Authority lacks authority to regulate drone use by hobbyists or to require they register their drones in a national database, and legislation the senator introduced to regulate drones in the last Congress went nowhere. So she has opted for another approach. She has joined forces with Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.,...
  • Ambulances are so 2016. After a cardiac arrest, the fastest way to send help is on a flying drone

    06/13/2017 8:21:51 PM PDT · by buckalfa · 15 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 13, 2017 | Karen Kaplan
    The best medicine for a person who goes into sudden cardiac arrest is an electric shock. That jolt temporarily stops the heart, along with its rapid or erratic beat. When the heart starts itself up again, it can revert to its normal rhythm and resume pumping blood to the brain and the rest of the body. The sooner this happens, the better.
  • In Urgent Request, US Special Ops Adds 350 Kamikaze Drones to Fight ISIS

    05/31/2017 6:46:04 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 13 replies
    Defense One ^ | May 18, 2017 | Patrick Tucker
    In Urgent Request, US Special Ops Adds 350 Kamikaze Drones to Fight ISIS And that's not all. The command is also opening a drone-hacker lab to help keep up with ISIS weaponeers. TAMPA, Florida — Here’s how Mad Max the situation in Iraq is right now. Earlier this year, the military put out an urgent request for inexpensive kamikaze drones that special operations troops could fire from handheld bazooka-like launchers against ISIS, according to documents obtained by Defense One. It’s another sign that drone warfare is changing far faster than traditional military equipping can keep up, a fact reinforced this...
  • Daily Mail editorial: Drones are free and creating jobs: what next?

    05/23/2017 3:33:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Charleston Gazette-Mail ^ | May 22, 2017 | Justin Rogers
    Twenty-five-year-old Blake Oliver saw an opportunity last year and took advantage of it. The young St. Albans resident is simply doing things the old-fashioned, American way — finding a niche to build his own business and earn a living. Instead of struggling to find a job from an established company, Oliver created his own. History has shown that in many cases, its companies like this — a small family firm where smart people see an opportunity and go for it — that become the big employers of the future. As business reporter Max Garland described in the Sunday Gazette-Mail, Oliver,...
  • Donald Trump Is Unleashing A Killer Drone Squad As US Admiral Warns They Are Running Out Of Bombs

    05/01/2017 5:46:27 AM PDT · by Strategy · 17 replies
    The Sun ^ | April 30, 2017 | By Patrick Knox
    THE US has mobilised a fleet of missile capable drones to blitz North Korea amid warnings it is running out of bombs to hit ISIS. The Grey Eagle drones are designed to carry Hellfire missiles and have reportedly been deployed in South Korea as war looms with the North after Kim Jong-un's third missile test fire this month. US Air Force is deploying a massive drone air armada to carry out strikes deep in North Korea territory.
  • Cash offered after drones disrupt flights in China

    04/29/2017 6:48:13 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | April 27,2017 | Chris Baraniuk
    Chinese drone maker DJI is offering up to one million yuan (Ł112,000) for information about drones that disrupted scores of flights at a Chinese airport. On four days this month - 14, 17, 18 and 21 - drones were blamed for stranding thousands of passengers at Chengdu Shuangliu International. Chinese reports said they caused 60 flight interruptions on 21 April alone. The bounty was a sign that the firm was taking the potential impact on its reputation seriously, suggested Prof David Dunn at the University of Birmingham. "Clearly they're concerned about their brand image, given how much they dominate the...
  • Israeli missile downs Syrian drone over Golan Heights

    04/27/2017 2:06:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | April 27, 2017 | Judah Ari Gross
    A Patriot missile intercepted a Syrian drone that entered Israeli airspace on Thursday evening, the army said. According to the IDF, the missile successfully downed the unmanned aerial vehicle over the Golan Heights. “The IDF will not allow any breach of Israel’s airspace and will act against any attempt of infiltration,” the army said in a statement. According to the IDF, the Syrian UAV was under “full [Israeli Air Force] surveillance” while it was in Israeli airspace. It was not initially clear if the aircraft was Russian or Syrian, but the army later confirmed that it was Syrian. The army...
  • Drone Footage Captures Killer Whales Feasting in Monterey

    04/23/2017 6:52:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    A rare sighting in the animal kingdom continues to mesmerize marine biologists and whale watchers in the Monterey Bay. For the fourth day in a row, whale watchers on Sunday spotted an abnormally large pod of killer whales feasting on the carcasses of two gray whales, according to Nancy Black from Monterey Bay Whale Watch. Killer whales are famous for their violent attacks and relentless feeding practices, but to see this type of behavior and this amount of mammal-eating creatures just off the coast of Monterey is "pretty rare," Black said. "This won't happen everyday," she said. The first gray...
  • Drones creating thousands of new jobs in Florida

    04/20/2017 5:48:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    WFTS-TV ^ | April 20, 2017 | Sarah Hollenbeck
    CLEARWATER, Fla. - Thousands of new jobs are coming to every industry in Florida and it's all because of drones. “I can have fun and I can get paid wooh!” Shawn Morse typically gets that reaction when he sells drones to customers from his TB Drones and Hobby Store on Ulmerton Road. St. Petersburg College professors typically get that reaction too when they introduce students to careers with drones. Nearly every industry from emergency workers to realtors are turning to the high flying contraptions. “The industry is just going to blow up,” explained Program Coordinator Fred Tucker, who coordinates the...
  • BREAKING: CIA Director John Brennan Targeted General Flynn and Sean Hannity For Surveillance

    04/05/2017 8:30:09 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 83 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | Apr 5th, 2017
    Barack Obama‘s CIA Director John O. Brennan targeted Trump supporters for enhanced surveillance, intelligence sources confirm to GotNews’ Charles C. Johnson. The surveillance took place between Trump’s election on November 8 and the inauguration in January, according to White House and House intelligence sources. The focus was on General Mike Flynn, billionaire Erik Prince, and Fox News host Sean Hannity — all of whom had close ties to Trump before and after the November election and had helped the future president with managing his new diplomatic responsibilities. Hannity was targeted because of his perceived ties to Julian Assange, say our...
  • Neighbors Push Back After Hurst Police Hover Drone Over Back Yard Without Warning

    04/05/2017 11:36:03 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 54 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | Apr 4, 2017 | Alice Barr
    Neighbors in Hurst are now pushing back after a police drone hovered over a resident's backyard without warning. Bobbie Sanchez said the feeling of privacy disappeared when her child said "Mommy there's a drone over our roof." Sanchez said it was hovering long enough for her to take photos and then call for help. "They're watching my children play in the backyard," said Sanchez. "I called the Hurst Police Department and was pretty surprised to hear that it was them." Hurst police and fire started using drones earlier this year. They said the day they were over Sanchez's yard was...
  • U.S. Deploys Attack Drones To South Korea Amid Tension With North

    03/13/2017 6:38:37 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | 03/13/17 | James Pearson
    The United States has started to deploy attack drones to South Korea, a U.S. military spokesman said on Monday, days after it began to deploy an advanced anti-missile system to counter "continued provocative actions" by isolated North Korea. The drones, Gray Eagle Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) coming to South Korea are part of a broader plan to deploy a company of the attack drones with every division in the U.S. Army, the spokesman said. "The UAS adds significant intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability to U.S. Forces Korea and our ROK partners," United States Forces Korea spokesman Christopher Bush said in...
  • UPS tests drone deliveries via high-tech truck

    03/07/2017 6:02:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    CNBC ^ | February 25, 2017
    UPS tested out home delivery via drone this week in Florida, moving closer toward a more automated delivery process. The drone took off from the roof of a modified delivery truck, equipped with a high-tech docking bay, then dropped off package before returning. The company does not have a timeline for when drones would be put into wider use, according to Reuters. UPS said the drone deliveries could help drivers in more rural, spread-out areas....
  • Not in my backyard! Woman throws stones before using a GUN to get rid of nosy neighbour's drone

    03/06/2017 3:30:16 AM PST · by C19fan · 44 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 5, 2017 | Alice Evans
    A woman lost her temper at a nosy neighbour's drone and aimed a gun at it to make it buzz off. The woman, from Bellevue, Washington, looked worried by the aircraft that was flying over her garden and balcony. After throwing what appeared to be stones at the device she then grabbed a gun and appeared to try to fire the aerial spy out of the sky.
  • WATCH: In The War Between Tigers And Drone, Chalk One Up For Tigers

    02/25/2017 2:19:42 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    NPR ^ | February 23, 2017
    Never underestimate a tiger, no matter how fat. It's an enduring truth we'd all do well to remember — and one that attendants at a tiger enclosure at the Siberian Tiger Park in China's Heilongjiang province have learned all over again. They scrambled a flying drone to catch the attention of some of the, let's say, bigger big cats and get them some exercise. Trouble is, the tigers managed to track down the drone and bat it out of the air. Then, naturally, the Siberian tigers tried to eat it. Number Of Wild Tigers Increases For First Time In 100...
  • Super Drone with Machine Gun

    02/24/2017 6:53:53 AM PST · by w1n1 · 20 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 2/24/2017 | J Hines
    Audrius Lotuzas of FPS Russia demonstrate this super drone and its capabilities. This Quad Rotor drone is decked out with camera and a submachine gun with 100 rounds of ammo. The type of weapon and ammo is not mentioned. The drone can speed up to 30 mph and climb up to a quarter of a mile in altitude. It is controlled by a program that you use on a tablet. Audrius goes on to demonstrate the firepower on multiple mannequins with tannernite attached and in another setup the drone shoots a gasoline can with mannequins sitting around. Though most of...
  • Suicide Strike on Saudi Frigate Was the First Carried Out by Drone Boat

    02/22/2017 11:07:51 AM PST · by C19fan · 11 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | February 21, 2017 | Kyle Mizokami
    Last month, a Houthi vessel packed with explosives rammed a frigate of the Saudi Navy at high speed, killing two sailors and injuring three others. That small boat was unmanned was an unmanned drone, Defense News now reports, and this may be the first such attack by a drone boat. The attack on the Al Madinah-class frigate took place in broad daylight on January 30, in the Red Sea approximately 30 miles from the Yemeni port of Hudaydah. Three small boats approached the frigate. One got close enough to ram it, causing a large explosion. The others were "dealt with...